Photo Gallery: From Powerhouse to Pipe Dream
11/29/2012
Fifty-five years after Sputnik, the world's first man-made satellite, spread...
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Fifty-five years after Sputnik, the world's first man-made satellite, spread fear in the West about the power of Soviet engineers, the innovative ineptitude of the world's largest country has reached pathological proportions. Last year, Russians registered roughly 1,000 international patents -- less than the German electronics and engineering company Robert Bosch GmbH alone.